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Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 119 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Huzn (Sadness or Sorrow)

Sufis use the word huzn (sadness) as the opposite of rejoicing and joy, and to express the pain one suffers while fulfilling his or her duties and realizing his or her ideals. Every perfected believer... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Thomas C. Smedley

Turning the Tables to Build Intercultural Friendships

Introduction It is usually easy to associate with people from one’s own culture. Why step out of your comfort zone to extend a friendly hand to someone from a different culture? Perhaps, if my experi... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Mehmet Ozalp

The Fundamental Spiritual Benefit of Fasting

The prime goal of Islamic spirituality is to establish an intimate and personal closeness to God. While the beliefs of Islam direct a Muslim along a wide path towards God, the five pillars of Islam pr... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Muhammed Toprak

A Historical Review of Dreams

There are two questions concerning dreams, which have always puzzled human beings. One concerns the actual meaning or significance of dreaming. The other is the relationship between the dream and the ... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)

The Relationship between Law and the Benefits of Intermingling Them

From the ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles to Shakespeare, Dickens and modern legal dramatist Grisham, stories about law have fascinated readers and offered an outsider’s view of the efficiency of jus... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Ertan Salik

Search for Life on Planets Orbiting Other Stars

Introduction For a long time astronomers have talked about the nine planets orbiting the Sun. These nine heavenly bodies have always been more special than other objects orbiting the Sun, such as ast... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Valeria Kolos

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Asli Sancar, born and raised in the United States of America, has been living in Istanbul for over twenty years. For more than half of this period she intermittently pursued studies on the social stat... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Irfan Yilmaz

It's me, Peter, your Lungs

First, lean back and let me expand, so that I can take in more air. The more air I take in, the easier your brain works and the better you’ll understand what I’m telling you. Irrelevant? Not at all Pe... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Hikmet Isik

What does "insaf" mean? What are the signs of possessing it as a virtue?

Insaf means accepting and confessing the truth, treating everyone with mercy and justice, observing others’ rights besides one’s own, behaving not according to one’s carnal self, desires, and fancies,... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
The Fountain


It missed the seventh anniversary of 9/11 by a hair’s breadth, but many will remember 9/15 of 2008 as being as traumatic as the former, if not as tragic, when Lehman Brothers, a gigantic investment ba... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen

A Dream Worth The Entire World

Others may think differently; but for me our world is so charming with its exquisite climate, landscape, mountains and rivers, orchards, prairies, and prosperous settlements. It is so welcoming and te... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Bagasra Omar- Pace D.gene

On Hibernation and Bedsores

You would have thought them awake though they were asleep. We caused them to turn over to the right and the left, and their dog lay outstretching its two forelegs on the threshold. Had you come upon read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Timur Ceylan

The Death of the Aral Sea

The Aral crisis is the best example of an ecological problem with serious social and economic consequences, directly or indirectly connected with all the states of Central Asia. The critical situati read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Fulya Celik

Women and the Qur'anic Prescriptions

One of the most sensitive and oft-debated issues with regard to Islam concerns the status and role of women in society. Arguably one of the aspects of social life which the emergence of Islam affected... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Bulent Aydogan

Reevaluating Cholesterol

The message to lower cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease has been widely circulated. However, recent findings beg the reevaluation of common knowledge about cholesterol. Among many, the fo... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Nuh Aydin

Is Redundancy Always Redundant?

Normally, we associate the idea of redundancy with such concepts as wastefulness, uselessness repetition, and superfluity. However, there are many instances where redundancy can actually be very usefu... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Seyyidhan Mirza

Can Genes Alone Explain Everything?

Genetics is probably one of the fastest developing contemporary sciences with an incredibly large accumulation of knowledge. This knowledge of genetics has been extensively utilized in a broad spectru... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Yuksel A. Aslandogan

Time Management in the Life of the Prophet Muhammad

In the preface to his book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, Michael Hart noted the supreme success of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, on both the r... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Khawf and Khashya (Fear and Reverence)

In Sufism, khawf (fear) denotes abstaining not only from all that is forbidden, but also from deeds from which it is advisable to refrain. It also signifies, as the opposite of hope or expectation, th... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Dr. Sami Polatoz

From Soap Bubbles to Technology

Children love playing with soap bubbles; they like to blow a circle after dipping a bubble wand into soapy water and watch the bubbles flying out of it. However, it is not only children who play with ... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Ilhan Hasgur

The Eighty-Twenty Rule in the Risale-i Nur

The famous Islamic scholar Bediüzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960) referred to mathematics in various forms in various places in his work the Risale-i Nur. In the different parts of the Risale-i Nur Collec... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Zubeyir Altuntas

Ruminants and Their Contribution to Our Life

And surely in the cattle (feeding on the pastures of the revived earth) there is a lesson for you: We give you from that which is within their bodies, (marvelously distinguished from) between the wa read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Knocking on Your Door

Open your door as a compliment, make your slave happy, Serve my spirit chants from the tongues of beyond. Do so and quench the storms that besiege my heart, Just like You lend your hand to the hope... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Eren Tatari

Modest Dress in Abrahamic Traditions

One of the questions I am most commonly posed in the United States is about the way I dress. Why do Muslim women cover themselves from head to toe? Usually I respond to this question with another ques... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
H. Arif Ustaoglu

Soil-Cleaning Plants

Soil has significant functions for securing the maintenance of life on earth. The food and water that plants need are provided via soil. A wide variety of living species which find shelter in the boso... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Irfan Yilmaz

It's me, Peter, your intestine!

Peter, maybe now you will snap at me saying, “What are you trying to do? You are nothing but a set of long pipes, you are the last one to talk about itself!” But take care and do not be so quick to di... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Asli Sancar

A Journey of Discovery

I first became interested in Ottoman women in the early 1990s when I read a newly published book on the Ottoman harem. Although the book was beautifully illustrated, the text just basically repeated t... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Korkut Altay

Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time

When Karen Armstrong was asked to make a wish as one of the 2008 TED prize winners, she wished for a Charter for Compassion to be crafted by a group of thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions, ba... read more..

Issue 66 (November - December 2008)
Hikmet Isik

"You alone do we worship..." (Fatiha 1:5)

O Lord! I am determined that I will not sacrifice my freedom to anyone but You and I will not fall in humiliation before anyone or anything. I turn to You fully intent on servanthood and worship; my e... read more..

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